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Triton XV, Lot: 728. Estimate $200.
Sold for $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

THESSALY, Skotussa. 2nd half of the 5th century BC. AR Drachm (18.5mm, 5.81 g, 3h). Forepart of horse l. / to l., Σ reading upwards; to r., KO downwards, germinating grain diagonally upwards; all in an incuse square. Weber 1382 (this coin). Near VF, nice old collection toning; the rev. a little off centre and with some ancient, indecipherable graffiti. From the collections of Paul M. Proschowsky, Professor S. Wandel and Sir Hermann Weber.

Ex Arne Bruun Rasmussen 245 (10 March 1970) 598, hammer DKr 800.

The writer clearly remembers contemplating for hours the auction catalogue of the Proschowsky collection, forwarded to him by the late J. C. Holm. It was indeed a stroke of luck that this collection came up for sale when it did. Mr. Holm, a wonderfully warm and friendly person after one got to know him well, would never miss an opportunity to advise this writer not only of interesting ancient coins that would appear in the Copenhagen market but also of paintings that could be of potential interest. The Proschowsky sale had a large number of coins that belonged to this collector’s favourite areas and most of them were not illustrated. Fortunately there was enough time to exchange letters with Mr. Holm, who viewed all the coins and kept detailed notes on their condition. As a result, some of this writer’s most interesting buys were the unillustrated single and multiple lots.